New Castle Burning Mountain Festival saved by community
Ryan Summerlin September 6, 2014
Burning Mountain Festival 2014
Schedule of Events
Friday, Sept. 5
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Book sale and silent auction at the library
4 p.m. : Time Capsule burial in Ritter Plaza
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Music by New Hope Band
5-10 p.m.: Food and Craft Vendor in Burning Mountain Park
5-10 p.m.: Beer Garden in Burning Mountain Park
6-7 p.m.: Music by John Noel & Rick Ganson Band, Burning Mountain Park
7-8 p.m.: Music by New Hope Band
7:45-10 p.m.: Music by The Ralph Dinosaur Band
Saturday, Sept. 6
8-10 a.m.: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Oz Artists workshop (331 West Main Street)
9:30 a.m.: Youth Art unveiling at 386 W. Main St. Exhibit open until 5:00 pm
10-11 a.m.: Parade on Main Street
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Book sale and silent auction at the library
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: New Castle Historical Museum open
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Food and Craft Vendors in Burning Mountain Park
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids Games at Ritter Plaza
11:30 a.m.: Classic Car and Motorcycle Show on Main Street
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Gus the Bus at the Community Center
Noon to 9:30 p.m.: Beer Garden in Burning Mountain Park
1-4 p.m.: Pie Eating Contest, Wood Chopping Contest, music and entertainment in Burning Mountain Park
3-5 p.m.: Music by Feeding Giants
4-6 p.m.: Music by Feeding Giants (Burning Mountain Park)
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Music Fifty/50 (Burning Mountain Park)
8-10 p.m.: Music by Missing Link Band (Burning Mountain Park)
At one point, New Castle officials were afraid Burning Mountain Festival wouldn’t happen this year, now that the chamber was no longer involved.
But town officials and volunteers from the community saved the day and pulled together.
“We took it over,” said Ed Nichols, who is coordinating the event. “It’s too important to the town. It’s been around too long and too many people love it to let that happen. But we were very worried at one point that it would disappear after 42 years.”
Burning Mountain Festival will include a lot of the same favorite events, including the Saturday morning parade, although parade entries are still needed.
“We need people to watch and people to walk,” Nichols said.
A time capsule will also be buried in Ritter Plaza on Friday afternoon.
“It has a variety of items,” said Leah Feeley, town administrative assistant who put together the time capsule. “We’ve got old photos from around town, pictures of town from the 1800’s, the recreation department’s baseball uniforms that they wore in the town’s 125th anniversary celebration last year, newspapers from the 125th anniversary, a 100th anniversary mug — it’s kind of centered around the 125th anniversary.”
The time capsule will be buried for 50 years and taken out in 2064.
Children’s games will all be held in Ritter Plaza and there will be a display of youth art at 384 Main Street.
“Gus the Bus will be there and the kids can blow up balloons and there will be face painting,” Nichols said.
There will be lots of music in the park and craft and food vendors during both days.
“The local restaurants will have specials, too,” Nichols said. “We have some great restaurants downtown. People should come down and try them.”
So, are you ready for a Burning Mountain Festival?
“I’m as ready as I am right now,” Nichols said with a laugh.